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Empirical Ethics and the Duty to Extend the “Biological Warranty Period”




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Colin Farrelly Topics




The Resilient Brain (great example of Positive Biology)

by Colin Farrelly

In general, I’m not a betting man. Intellectual humility cautions against sticking one’s neck out too far into terrain that is too complex to understand, let alone reasonably predict with any confidence. But some bets are unavoidable.



Bridging the Gap: Political Philosophy Meets Biogerontology

by Colin Farrelly

In 1959 the British scientist and novelist CP Snow gave a lecture in Cambridge titled “Two Cultures”. Snow argued that the intellectual life of western societies was polarized between two traditions- that of scientists and that of literary intellectuals who had very little understanding of, and appreciation for, science.



The Anti-Science Left (on The Agenda)

by Colin Farrelly

Most political science students that take political theory courses are left leaning. As such they are very passionate about trying to make the world a better place. As admirable as this sentiment may be, unfortunately they are less diligent about cultivating intellectual virtue (e.g. an appreciation of the salient facts, understanding, the detective’s virtues, etc.). Instead, they are prone to adopt a rather simplistic lens that reduces complex problems into a “good guys” vs “bad guys” analysis.



Perceiving the Health Impact of Evolution by Natural Selection

by Colin Farrelly

The health prospects of humanity are influenced by many things. There are extrinsic factors like poverty, violence, and infectious disease that can cause humans to die. There are also intrinsic factors, like the constraints of our biology (e.g. aging). The role these different factors play in causing disease and death in the world changes over time. The greater success we have with combating extrinsic risks, the greater the impact intrinsic risks have on our health prospects.



Teaching the Ethics of Life Extension

by Colin Farrelly

This term I am teaching my graduate level seminar “Science and Justice” to approximately 14 (mostly) MA and PhD students from political science, philosophy and psychology here at Queen’s. It’s my favorite course to teach (I also teach an undergrad version of it as well) and we address a number of ethical and social issues related to the genetic revolution.



The Resilient Brain (great example of Positive Biology)

by Colin Farrelly

In general, I’m not a betting man. Intellectual humility cautions against sticking one’s neck out too far into terrain that is too complex to understand, let alone reasonably predict with any confidence.



21st Century Humanism

by Colin Farrelly

As a humanist I believe in the equal worth of all human beings.  My humanist sentiments open my eyes to the problem of global poverty, the pervasiveness of patriarchy and the dangers of extremism.

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Idealism Meets Realism: Tackling Chronic Disease Via Age Retardation

by Colin Farrelly

An idealist is one who aspires to bring about a better state-of-affairs than those realized in the status quo.

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Political Theory and Aging Research

by Colin Farrelly

As a political theorist who works on issues that intersect the biological sciences and medicine, I frequently get puzzled looks when I tell students and colleagues I am working on aging and longevity science.  Their puzzlement is understandable, as these topics do not currently receive much attention in the discipline.

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Life Expectancy, Priorities and Aging Research

by Colin Farrelly

There are many different ways to arrive at a list of the top priorities a society should set for itself.  One could set priorities based on the intuitions or “gut instincts” people happen to have at any given time.  Or, alternatively, one could base priorities on the empirical data we have concerning what harms individuals and societies and what the magnitude of the benefits of mitigating such harms would be.  I prefer the latter approach.

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